Mingo Schools make the grade

State grading system places Mingo County as one of 14 with no “D” or “F” schools.

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WILLIAMSON – Mingo County Schools announced on Wednesday that all schools in the county rate as having “acceptable performance” or better, with most rated at “commendable” or “distinguished” for their efforts at improving student achievement, increasing attendance andgraduation rates, and ensuring that all students are college- and career-ready.

In school grades released by the West Virginia Department of Education this week, MingoCounty was one of only 14 counties in the state to have no schools given a grade of “D” or “F.” Four Mingo County middle schools led their division in RESA II, with all six ranking in the top eight in the region. Mingo County’s two high schools ranked in the top five in the region, bested only by schools in Mason and Cabell Counties. RESA II is one of eight regional service agencies across the state, serving the southwestern counties of Cabell, Mason, Wayne, Lincoln,Logan, and Mingo.

Mingo County accounted for half of the four “A” grades given to RESA II schools. With only 11 of the 89 RESA II schools in Mingo County, Mingo schools earned more than their equal share of “A” and “B” schools. Gilbert Middle ranked as the top middle school in the region and one of only 11 middle schools in the state to receive an “A.” Gilbert Elementary placed second in the region, receiving one of only 22 “A” grades given to elementary schools across the state.

Just less than two years ago, the West Virginia Board of Education returned control of Mingo County’s school system to its locally-elected board. Mingo County Schools Interim Superintendent Donald Spence credited the impressive grades given to Mingo County’s schools to the countless hours invested by and the determination of schools and communities coordinating efforts to improve student achievement.

The West Virginia Department of Education maintains a public listing of all school grades, along with the data behind them, on their website, accessible at http://wvde.state.wv.us/a-f. Here, anyone can access school-by-school grades for this first year of the ratings. The grades factor in data on student achievement and growth, attendance, graduation rate, and college- and career-readiness, and include additional focus on the growth of the lowest performing students and those at-risk for not graduating high school on-time.

Mingo County Schools serves the people of Mingo County, West Virginia, through its two high schools, five PK-8 schools, one middle school, two elementary schools, and an adult center. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of southern West Virginia, we provide our students with access to state-of-the-art technology, curricula, and instruction while maintaining the community-driven approach to education that has been the key to student success for over 100 years.

State grading system places Mingo County as one of 14 with no “D” or “F” schools.

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